UCLA Father’s Day links

UCLA point guard Bryce Alford, the son of head coach Steve Alford, could be taken off scholarship as a senior in 2016-17. (David Stephenson/AP)

UCLA point guard Bryce Alford and his father Steve Alford, the UCLA men’s basketball head coach. (David Stephenson/AP)

In honor of Father’s Day, here are some stories about UCLA athletes and their fathers. Two are of the oldie-but-goodie variety, but still good reads/watches.

  • From April: Former defensive tackle Kenny Clark and his father Kenny Sr., who has been in prison since his son was 9 years old.
  • From 2013: Safety Jaleel Wadood and his father Haamid, who raised his son as a single dad.
  • From 2013: A short video from The L.A. Times on outfielder Angelica “Jelly” Felix, her family and how she reached a dream by playing softball at UCLA

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WR Cordell Broadus signs with Wilhelmina Models

Cordell Broadus is apparently a man of many talents: student, football player, budding filmmaker and now model.

The redshirt freshman receiver announced Thursday he signed a contract with Wilhelmina Models, one of the biggest modeling and talent agencies in the world. The company also employs famous faces like singers Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato. The company has other L.A.-based athletes in its ranks, including L.A. Galaxy players Ariel Lassiter and Clement Diop.

Broadus rejoined the team prior to spring practice after quitting before his freshman season. He returned as a walk-on.

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Countdown: 79 days until UCLA football

I think we can all agree with defensive back Octavius Spencer: We’re definitely missing football season. Just 79 more days until Sept. 3, if you’re keeping track.

Preseason reading: Athlon Sports predicts that Josh Rosen, Conor McDermott and Eddie Vanderdoes will be All-Pac-12 first teamers this season

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UCLA links: Making UCLA men’s basketball fun again?

Incoming freshman Lonzo Ball will make an immediate impact on UCLA men's basketball. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Incoming freshman Lonzo Ball will make an immediate impact on UCLA men’s basketball. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

ESPN calls UCLA commit and incoming freshman Lonzo Ball “the first player of a new age” in college basketball. But Eamonn Brennan also wonders if the dynamic Chino Hills point guard with range out to the parking lot can inject some fun into UCLA men’s basketball this season.

Perhaps the more important question is if head coach Steve Alford will let Ball bring some fun back. As explained in this great story from The Ringer (which I have shared previously), Ball is a product of an unorthodox basketball upbringing, brought up under his father LaVar’s unique system of “the only bad shot is the one you don’t practice.” We’ll see how much Alford buys into that way of playing.

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